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The December 2017 issue of the Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine is out now - and is available online for all subscribers.

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Wine & Viticulture Journal

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We welcome two new contributors in this September-October issue of the Journal whose articles are both targeted at the theme of the issue, Small to Medium Wineries.

For his inaugural article in the Journal, winemaker Dan Calvert spoke to three small Australian wine producers to find out why they are increasingly turning to alternative vessels to ferment and mature their wines. Dan joins Mark O’Callaghan and Cathy Howard who will rotate to present a practical winemaking column in every issue of the Journal.

We then have Erika Syzmanski, a wine science blogger with a background in microbiology, who has taken a look at a new generation of biosensors being developed to detect spoilage microorganisms in wine. Existing diagnostic methods are questionable investments for small to medium size wineries due to their cost and size. However, these new sensors show promise in overcoming these hurdles. Also in winemaking is an article by a team of researchers from Australia, France and Germany who have investigated the effects of fining using bentonite on the quality of foam in sparkling wines.

This issue of the Journal also contains our annual focus on pest and disease control. Kicking things off is an article detailing a new project that aims to improve our understanding of fungicide resistance in Australian vineyards, which is being led by the South Australian Research & Development Institute in collaboration with Curtin University and the Australian Wine Research Institute. Then we present the results of surveys and trials in New Zealand to determine the economic impact of trunk diseases and the cost/benefit of various preventative and remedial treatments.

And, finally, Rebecca Peisley from Charles Sturt University, reveals how a trial into the use of artificial perches in vineyards to encourage predatory birds to keep the pesky grape-eating varieties at bay has shown the common magpie might have an unexpected role to play.

Readers can also learn about a study about to get under way at Charles Sturt University aimed at giving growers useful guidelines to enable them to identify grapevine damage from specific herbicides and improve our understanding of how grapevines respond to such damage in the short term and following season.

And be sure to take a look at Mark Rowley's analysis of the figures from vintage 2017 as he drills down into the regional and varietal stats that contributed to the 5% increase in the national crush, the 13% increase in the value of that production and, significantly, a 7% increase in the average purchase price of grapes.

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